GK Eduwrap – 16th Sep 2015

National:

1. Pentagon established first-ever country special cell IRRC to speed up defense ties with India.

IRRC stands for India Rapid Reaction Cell and was established in January 2015 by Pentagon to exclusively focus on advancing Defense Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI).

2. Meeting of Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDCs) on Climate Change was held in New Delhi. This was the first meeting of LMDCs to be held in India.

The objective of the meeting was to exchange, coordinate and harmonize views on the negotiating text for the Conference of Parties-21 (COP-21) of the UNFCC to be held in Paris in December 2015.

3. The Union Ministry of Water Resources constituted a seven-member committee to advise it on restructuring the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the Central Ground Water Board (CGWB).

The expert committee will be headed by former Planning Commission member Mihir Shah.

The committee was mandated to suggest ways for optimal development of water resources in the country.

4. Union Government decided to provide additional 50 days of unskilled manual work in the financial year 2015-16 in drought-hit areas under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme.

5. Union Government has notified a 20 per cent provisional safeguard duty on certain categories of the steel products in order to protect the domestic steel sector with an immediate effect.

6. Andhra Pradesh Government has unveiled ‘New Tourism Policy-2015-20‘ to boost tourism sector in the state. It was unveiled by Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu at a function held in Vijayawada.

7. SpiceJet became first-ever airline to make night landing at Port Blair’s Veer Savarkar Airport.

8. Union Government has announced to extend e-Tourist Visa Scheme to 37 more countries in order to attract maximum foreign tourists in the country.

International:

1. Hungarian Government has declared a state of emergency in its two regions of Csongrad and Bacs-Kiskun to cope with the influx of refugees.

It was declared by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

2. The Constituent Assembly of Nepal overwhelmingly rejected the proposal to declare Nepal a Hindu state and reaffirmed to remain secular.

3. The largest volcano of Japan Mount Aso Volcano erupted on 14th September 2015.

The eruption blasted a plume of black smoke 2-kilometer high and the ashes from the volcano fell up to 4-kilometer away.

The volcano situated on main southern island of Kyushu erupted unexpectedly.

Sports:

1. Narsingh Pancham Yadav won bronze medal at the 2015 World Wrestling Championships held in Las Vegas, the USA.

He won the medal in the Men’s 74kg Freestyle category.

2. The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports recognized the Indian Kalarippayattu Federation as Regional Sports Federation with a view to promote and give due acknowledgement and importance to sports having regional spread.

3. Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the US Open Women’s Doubles title.

The top-seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated the fourth-seeded duo of Casey Dellacqua (Kazakhstan) and Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 6-3 6-3 in the summit clash held in New York.

4. Flavia Pennetta won the US Open Women’s Singles title.

She defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the summit clash held in New York.

Awards & Recognition:

1. Indian-origin author Sunjeev Sahota has been short-listed for the prestigious 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Sunjeev Sahota’s novel The Year of the Runaways has been shortlisted which deals with the life experience of illegal immigrants from the Indian subcontinent in Britain.

2. A 15-year-old Indian-American girl Swetha Prabakaran has been selected by the White House for the prestigious Champions of Change award.

3. We Care Solar won 1 million US dollar ‘Powering the Future We Want’ grant given by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).

Laura Stachel, co-founder of We Care Solar, accepted the award at a ceremony held at UN Headquarters in New York.

4. QS World University Rankings 2015-16 was released. It was the 12th edition in the series of annual global university ranking list.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) of the USA was adjudged as the top university in the world.

The Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore (IISc-B) and the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) were ranked 147 and 179 respectively.

5. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been selected for the United Nations Champions of the Earth award.

UN Environment Program (UNEP) has chosen her for this prestigious award in recognition of her country’s initiatives to address climate change.

6. Gujarat has been placed to top position in World Bank’s first ever ranking of States on the ease of doing business in India.

The World Bank report titled Assessment of State Implementation of Business Reforms was released in New Delhi under the aegis of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

7. DRDO scientist Dr. G Satheesh Reddy in the first week of September 2015 was conferred with the Silver Medal of the prestigious Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

DRDO stands for Defense Research and Development Organization.

Mergers & Acquisition:

1. Indian Railways partnered with Google to provide free Wi-Fi services under Project Nilgiri.

2. Healthcare firm Practo has acquired has acquired hospital management software firm Insta Health Solutions for 12 million dollars.

Insta Health Solutions was founded by former top Wipro executive Ramesh Emani to improve the efficiency of doctors and hospitals across 15 countries.

3. InMobi ties up with China’s APUS in bid to challenge Google.

Appointments:

1. L&T appoints former GlaxoSmithKline Pharma India MD Joshipura as head of Corporate Centre.

2. Indian-origin British Members of Parliament (MPs), Seema Malhotra and Lisa Nandy, were appointed as to the shadow cabinet of Jeremy Corbyn, the newly-elected leader of Labour Party in the United Kingdom (UK) in third week of September 2015.

Malhotra was appointed as the shadow chief secretary for Treasury, while Nandy was appointed as shadow secretary for energy and climate change.

3. Ashok-Alexander Sridharan became the first Person of Indian Origin (PIO) to be elected as the mayor of Bonn in Germany.

4. Malcolm Turnbull has sworn-in as Australia’s new Prime Minister.

He became the 29th Prime Minister of the country and was administered oath to the office by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove.

5. Jeremy Corbyn was elected as the leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom.

6. Hormusji N Cama was unanimously elected as the new chairman of the Press Trust of India (PTI).

Economics:

1. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory Information.

Important Dates:

1. United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolutions that proclaims 9th December as International Day of Commemoration & Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.

2. Hindi Divas (Hindi Day) was observed across India on 14th September 2015.

The day was observed to promote the Matra Bhasha – the mother tongue of India and show its importance as a language in the country and the world at large.

3. The 10th World Hindi Conference was held for three days between 10 September and 12 September 2015 at the Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Death:

1. Veteran Classical dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama passed away in Palakkad district of Kerala following brief illness. She was 77.

2. Renowned American playwright and director Frank D Gilroy passed away due to age related illness in Monroe, New York. He was 89.

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